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Wary of court order, Uttarakhand CM junks shady land deal

Raju Gusain
India Today, Dehradun, November 29, 2010

The BJP government in Uttarakhand on Sunday tried to pre-empt a possible judicial censure against its decision to sell off industrial land in Rishikesh worth Rs 400 crore for Rs 13 crore to a realtor.

Afraid of the Uttarakhand High Court coming down heavily on him, chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank moved in swiftly to scrap the deal.

The decision comes a day before the high court in Nainital was expected to pronounce a judgment on a PIL opposing the BJP government’s massive concessions to Sturdia Developers Pvt Ltd in Rishikesh. [more]